Friday, 5 November 2010

Bridgend Postcards

Please see comments for rough statement

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Here's some good news that we've had to hold back on until the official press release came through. Needless to say we're very excited to have the opportunity to be working with Steidl and can't wait to get the ball rolling.

Photobook Prize for Young Photographers: Steidl Student Book Award The Steidl Student Book Award is a new prize for young photographers to be presented every two years. European universities and art academies with a focus on photography are invited to nominate book projects from students who have graduated no longer than two years before. A changing independent jury of critics, curators and teachers then selects the winning book project. The prize itself consists in the realisation and distribution of the book by Gerhard Steidl and Steidl Publishers. The inaugural award was presented this year as part of the “next 1” forum in Essen and was given to the project 8X’s by Ben Absalom and Sam Bardsley, who had been nominated by the European Centre of Photographic Research at the University of Wales in Newport. The jury consisted of Ute Eskildsen (Director of the Photography Collection in the Museum Folkwang, Essen), Silke Grossmann (Professor of Photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg), Kristina Hasenpflug (Consultant for Culture at the Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg), Elke Seeger (Professor for Photography and Photo Design at the Folkwang Universität der Künste), and Kerstin Stremmel (art historian, Cologne). In 8X’s Absalom and Bardsley explore and revive the landscape of their childhood in South Wales, a landscape built atop a network of tunnels originally used in 1939 by the military and later by civilians. 8X’s employs different photographic genres, combining them with contemporary and historical images as well as diverse texts. The book will be released in 2011 by Steidl Publishers.

Also Brighton Photo Biennial is opening on the first weekend of October, it's curated by Martin Parr and looks to be showing some very exciting new work. It is also the going to be the worlds first ever frameless photography festival so should be quite interesting. Here's the link to the official site. 

Related to this we showed the project 8x's at the last Biennial fringe festival as part of bystander collective. 

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Paris Film

A film composed of around 2000 35mm photographs taken around the periphery and in the suburbs of Paris, set to the speed of 12 frames per second. The film has had to be severely compressed to make it viewable online so please bear in mind the image quality isn't as it should be.

Torn Women

Sunday, 11 April 2010


The book project 8X's has been nominated for the following award as part of Next One photography festival in Essen, Germany, 17-22 May 2010.
Steidl Book-Prize
For the first time this photobook prize will be awarded, offered by Steidl Publishers to support young photographers. It does justice to the importance of the photobook as a medium which by now plays an important role as a means of artistic expression. Ten professors at European universities and colleges have each nominated one book project by a student who graduated no more than two years ago. The nominees will be invited to show their designs at a presentation on 21 May in Essen. The prize is the realisation of the winning book by Gerhard Steidl / Steidl Publishers. A jury, consisting of two university professors, Ute Eskilden, Kerstin Stremmel, and Gerhard Steidl, will announce its decision on 22 May, as part of next 1.  


A selection of images from Paris Revisited will be shown as part of the upcoming group show 'Experimentality' at Newport Museum from 16 April to 5th June 2010 .

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

'Paris Revisited' Outtakes Vol. 2 - Double-ends

A selection merged 35mm negatives created by a camera malfunction, taken during the project 'Paris Revisited' 2009

'Paris Revisited' Outtakes Vol. 1 - Ping-pong

A selection of photographs of ping-pong tables, taken during the project 'Paris Revisited' 2009